Location: Delaware County IA

Biographical Sketch of Oliver A. Smalley

Oliver A. Smalley was born on a farm near Wayne Center, Wayne county, New York, June 16,1848. When he was eight years of age his parents, Silas H. and Almira Smalley, removed to Manchester, Delaware county, Iowa, and there he lived until he was seventeen, receiving his education in the common schools of that place, supplemented with a course in the Commercial College of Dubuque, Iowa. Leaving home in 1865 he entered the office of the Dubuque & Sioux City Railroad Company, at Manchester, as assistant freight agent and baggage master, and remained in the employ of that company until 1868. In 1869 he removed to Missouri and located in Gallatin, engaging in the hardware business with his father, under the firm name of S. H. Smalley & Son. This firm continued to do business until 1862, when they closed out and the junior partner accepted a position as traveling salesman for Ladd & Talcott, of Quincy, Illinois, holding the position until 1874. From that date until 1876 he was variously employed, and in 1877 engaged in the butcher business, and from that time was employed as salesman in different houses in Gallatin until 1881, when he engaged with G. W. Henderson in his present business of dealing in flour, feed, grain, etc., under the firm name of O. A. Smalley & Co. In 1872 Mr. Smalley was appointed...

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Biography of John Leo Tierney, M.D.

Dr. John Leo Tierney, a St. Louis physician who specializes in internal medicine and diagnosis, was born in Lead, South Dakota, November 22, 1890, a son of William George and Mary (Yuren) Tierney. The family comes of Irish ancestry, although many generations ago representatives of the name removed to England, where one of the ancestors of Dr. Tierney was knighted as Sir Edward Tierney and a statue erected to his memory in Westminster Abbey. Another of the early ancestors was Sir Matthew Tierney, who was at one time court physician to King George III. William G. Tierney, father of the Doctor, in 1899 became interested in mining and went over the White Pass to Dawson and thence by dog team to Cape Nome, Alaska. He was twice elected mayor of Cape Nome but refused the office. He is now a retired mining engineer, making his home in California. His wife died in 1891, when her son, John L., was but a year and a half old. Dr. Tierney received his early educational training from the Sisters of Mercy at Manchester, Iowa, and for one year was a student in St. Viateur’s College near Kankakee, Illinois. Later he attended St. Mary’s College at St. Marys, Kansas, and next became a student in the St. Louis University of St. Louis, Missouri. He also pursued special courses in Harvard University and in...

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Biography of Isaac N. Sullivan

As long as the history of jurisprudence in Idaho shall be a matter of record, the name of Judge Isaac Newton Sullivan will figure conspicuously therein, by reason of the fact that his has been the distinguished honor of serving as the first chief justice of the state as well as from the fact that he is recognized as the peer of the ablest representatives of the legal profession in the entire northwest. For the third term he is occupying a position on the bench of the Supreme Court, and his career has been an honor to the state which has so highly honored him. Judge Sullivan is a native of Iowa, his birth having occurred on his father’s farm in Coffin Grove Township, Delaware County, November 3, 1848. He is of Scotch, Irish and German extraction, and in his life exhibits some of the most commendable characteristics of those nationalities. His paternal grandfather, Aaron Sullivan, was born in the north of Ireland and when a young man emigrated to New Jersey. He was married in New Jersey and at an early day in its history removed to Ohio, locating in Logan County, near Degraff. He had seven children, born in New Jersey and Ohio, and reared and educated in Ohio. The third of this family was Aaron Sullivan, father of the Judge. He married Miss Jane Lippincott, and...

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Ormsby, Margaret Vesey – Obituary

Mrs. Margaret Ann Ormsby, 72, of 607 Sixteenth Avenue South, a resident of Nampa since 1928, died yesterday in her home [July 27, 1953]. Mrs. Ormsby was born Feb. 18, 1880, in Hopkinton, Iowa. She was married in Hopkinton in November, 1897, to William Ormsby. The couple moved to Iowa, and in 1913, to Grandview. They lived there until coming to Nampa. Mr. Ormsby died in Nampa in December, 1939. Mrs. Ormsby was a member of the Methodist Church, Colfax Rebekah Lodge and the Women’s Relief Corps. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Irene Scribner, Burns, Ore. and Mrs. Helen Stanford, Nampa; two sons, George Ormsby, Vale, Ore., and Sam Ormsby, Boise; two sisters, Mrs. Minnie Evans, Dallas, Texas, and Mrs. Clara Bartell, Monticello, Iowa; three brothers, George Vesey, Renton, Wash.; Henry Vesey, Delhi, Iowa, and John Vesey, Boone, Iowa, and 22 grandchildren. Services will be Thursday at 2 p.m. in the Edmunds Chapel. Rev. Robert Crenshaw of South Side Boulevard Methodist Church will officiate, and burial will be in Kohlerlawn Cemetery. Colfax Rebekah Lodge will take part in the graveside service. Idaho Free Press, July 28, 1953 Contributed by: Shelli...

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LaRue, Mary Belle Ratcliff Mrs. – Obituary

Halfway, Oregon Mary Belle LaRue, 69, a longtime resident of Halfway, died June 10, 2003, at her home. Her graveside service will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway. Pastor David Myhill of Pine Valley Christian Assembly will officiate. Vault interment will follow the ceremony. Mary was born Aug. 24, 1933, in Hopkinton, Iowa. She was a daughter of Manley L. and Florence M. (Davis) Ratcliff. The family moved to Halfway in December of 1935 when Mary was just a baby. She lived and received her schooling in Halfway, graduating from Halfway High School. Before graduation, she went to work for Ernest and Elaine Huff at the Pine Telephone System in 1950. On Sept. 15, 1951, she married Lester “Bud” LaRue at the Christian Church in Halfway. Mary worked for the Pine Telephone Company for a total of 45 years and retired in August 1995. After her retirement, she and Bud enjoyed life. She was a loving person and cared deeply for her friends and family. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary, VFW Post 7847 in Halfway. Mary was and is the “best.” A kind, loving and loyal wife and mother, honest, generous and genuine to all. She is and will be forever loved and missed. She is survived by her loving husband of 51 years, Lester Earle “Bud” LaRue of Halfway; son,...

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Biographical Sketch of Mary Allison Harrison

In the summer of 1875, Will came West to live 5 miles north of Schaller, in Sac County, and “broke prairie.” Wm. E. Harrison was the son of John and Susan Harrison, born June 6, 1851, at Sigourney, Keokuk County, Iowa. He moved with his parents when a small boy to a farm located near Hopkinton, in Delaware County, Iowa. He returned to Delaware County to be married to Mary Ellen Allison, daughter of Samuel and Emmeline Allison, Dec. 21, 1875. The spring of 1876, Will drove a team and wagon to his land north of Schaller, Iowa. Mary and her father, Samuel Allison, came to Fort Dodge by rail and on to Sac County by stage. Mary’s father helped build a frame house on the land. Avery Harrison, son of Mary Ellen Allison and Wm. Harrison, was born there Nov. 5, 1876. On Easter Sunday in 1878, Will and Mary were visiting neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Breach, who lived across the section from them, when, without warning, a cyclone hit! It blew the house away, killing Mrs. Breach and injuring Mary badly. Will was found with a plank across his chest, but not severely injured. When they found Avery, the 17 month baby, he was paddling in the mud, enjoying himself. The Harrison home was also blown away. They stayed with neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Griffeth, until a...

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Biographical Sketch of James Anderson

He lived in Section 21, Silver Creek Township and was a stock raiser. He was born in the Emerald Isle, in Tyrone County on November 12, 1838. He was the oldest of 8 children born to Thomas and Phoebe (Cook) Anderson, natives of Ireland. He was educated in the common schools of Ireland, coming to America in 1871. He located first in Delaware County, Iowa, for 5 years and then came to Ida County to live on the same farm when he located in Ida County. He kept buying land until he owned a section, 640 acres. Silver Creek runs through the section of land. Mr. and Mrs. Anderson had four children: Margaretta Jane married Robert Hall, Mary married Robert Lipton, William James, and Thomas...

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Biographical Sketch of James H. Fair

James H. Fair was born in County Tyrone, Ireland, in 1853, son of Thomas and Mary Ann Fair, natives of Ireland, and descendants of Scotch ancestry. At the age of 20, he came to America. He settled in Delaware County, Iowa, in 1873. In 1877, Mr. Fair was united in marriage to Miss Lindsay, a native of Ireland, who came to America that same year. Her parents, James and Sarah (Irwin) Lindsay, remained in Ireland. For 3 years they lived in Section 18 of Silver Creek Township, Ida County, Ia., and then moved to Section 32 and opened up a farm. This part of the County was a wild stretch of prairie, without a tree or fence, and wolves and deer abounded in great numbers upon it. Mr. and Mrs. Fair had eight children: Thomas, Edward, Sarah Ann, Lillie Jane, Margaret Maud, James Graham, William Andrew, and Martha...

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Biography of Emeline J. Harris

Emeline J. Harris daughter of Samuel B. and Mary (Eastman) Harris, was born in Licking Co., Ohio; married Samuel Allison, March 2, 1852, by whom she has had eight children: Oscar H. Allison, born January 2, 1853; Anna L. Allison, born August 8, 1854; Mary E. Allison, born March 8,1857; Minerva Allison, born April 14, 1859; Laura E. Allison, born May 4, 1862; Frank E. Allison, born April 12, 1865; Eugene R. Allison, born August 18, 1868; Ida L. Allison, born July 2, 1870. Mr. and Mrs. Allison removed from Ohio to Delaware County, Iowa, in April, 1852, and settled on land he had entered from the government in 1850, where they resided until 1881, when they removed to Sac County, Iowa, where he owns a farm of a section and a half of land. He is a stock raiser and buys and feeds cattle and hogs and ships to Eastern markets. Mr. Allison was born in Orange County, N. Y., March 18, 1828; is a Democrat in politics. They are members of the Christian Church, and reside at or near Galva, Ida Co., Iowa, at present writing, in 1886. Samuel Allison was gored to death by a bull in August 1888 and is buried in the Schaller Cemetery in Sac County. His wife, Emeline Johanna, died in 1896 and is also buried in the Schaller Cemetery in Sac...

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